Weight training (and at home) with some of the best adjustable dumbbells can benefit weight loss like any cardio machine.
When most people think of dumbbells, they often think of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime ahead of Mr. Olympia. According to science, you can lift as little as 1kg per dumbbell and still lose weight in a matter of weeks.
One study, published in the Journal of Health Sciences at the University of Taiba, Saudi Arabia, examined adults who performed structured group exercises three times a week with 1kg dumbbells.
After six weeks, all adults who performed dumbbell exercises experienced a “significant” decrease in their BMI (body mass index). Significant changes were also recorded in their weight-to-hip ratio, body fat percentage, and increased muscle mass.
Dumbbell workouts are great because they change body composition. When you lift weights, you burn fat and mutant mass build muscle, so while you may not lose as much real weight as you would with pure cardio, you are replacing some of that fat with muscle, so you become healthier.
You will also become much stronger; strength is for more than just gym lovers. As we get older, our muscles undergo a process called atrophy; the muscles are wasted until we become physically weak. Building muscle slows this process, allowing us to stay active and mobile longer as we age.
You must look good and lose weight to achieve the good physical shape. In 2021, it was imperative to love yourself enough to stay active. Adding strength training to your exercise regimen will make this possible.